Nothing ruins a good party like a thorough drug testing.
Parents wishing to throw water on Friday’s 420 festivities may wish to seek out the offices of Rural/Metro ambulance services in Roswell.
Rural/Metro, along with anti-drug website notMYkid.org and drug testing company First Check, is handing out testing kits today at 250 Hembree Park Drive in Roswell. The First Check kits test for 12 drugs (seven illicit and five prescription), not just marijuana.
In my hood, 420 means a delicious ale crafted locally by the beer mages at Sweetwater Brewing. But, as any Phish fan will tell you, 420, aka April 20 (and/or 4:20 p.m.) has long been not-so secret code for smoking marijuana.
April 20 has more recently become the day NORML and other organizations have publicized their push to decriminalize marijuana use in the U.S.
A press release advertising the event, which ends at 5 p.m. Thursday (but will resume Friday at 7 a.m. if 650 drug tests don’t go up in smoke), says “notMYkid has found utilizing a drug test in the home helps kids avoid peer pressure situations by empowering them to say, ‘I can’t, my parents might drug test me.’”
That may be true, but I like to think I’d be able to tell if my kid was smoking weed without a kit. Tell-tale signs — an appreciation of better music, the presence of tie-dyed clothing, peace signs or dancing bears — is Gratefully, a Dead giveaway.